1978 Volkswagen Scirocco

Even though 22 years have passed since the Volkswagen Scirocco was sold here in the United States, they still have a strong following. Here is an early example of the breed on The Samba that has some period correct styling touches and the later G60 engine that saw service in the Corrado.

1978 Volkswagen Scirocco on The Samba

The seller states:

Cars like this don’t come along all that often…this is a true once in a lifetime time-capsule. I have acquired an amazing 1978 Scirocco G60 and are now offering it up for sale. This car hasn’t seen the road in 20 years, and is amazingly perfect in every regard. Only 32,580 miles were on the chassis when it was taken off the road. Tons of period parts…from the rare BBS body kit with fender flares, to the rare Zender Turbo wheels, super old-school Momo steering wheel, shift knob, etc.

No part has been left untouched. The entire shell has been resprayed, and the undercarriage is almost as shiny as the roof. The interior has been re-trimmed in green leather (headliner to match) with black accents. When have you ever seen a car as completely period correct and perfect as this? Not ever.

The engine is a 2.0 G60 8v with a ported stage 3 G-lader, lower front / bottom mounted intercooler and a full Supersprint exhaust from the header to the tailpipe.

Obviously a Scirocco this nice should not go to just anybody. It deserves the proper owner who is going to love and cherish this car for exactly what it is…an amazing example of period styling and parts. It is for the passionate enthusiast who knows that the chances of finding another Scirocco as clean and perfect as this are pretty much close to impossible these days. As such we are currently accepting offers on the car but I do not expect to have a problem finding a new owner with the right price in mind, so don’t wait around if you’re interested.

Parts include:

* Neuspeed sway bars
* Neuspeed strut bars front / rear / front lower
* Neuspeed Springs w/ shocks
* 2.0 G60 motor
* Stage 3 ported G-lader
* Chip, etc
* Supersprint header / exhaust
* BBS body kit including front spoiler, fender flares, side skirts and rear valance
* Zender Turbo wheels, 15″ w/ 205/50 Kumho tires
* Momo steering wheel (not sure which model, looks like part of the I.D.E.A. system from the late 80s / early 90s?)
* Momo Shift knob (also very rare, never seen one like this)
* Fully re-trimmed interior, green leather
* Super clean
* Super low miles
* ZERO RUST!

There is no doubt this is a clean Scirocco, however, the colors may not be to everyone’s taste, obviously. The scheme of this particular Scirocco reminds me a lot of the Lotus Esprit Jim Clark special from 1991. Personally, I think $12,000 is a bit optimistic in this market. If this was more like $7,000 to $8,000, we’d be in the ball park. Still, a rare, clean example of the people’s car styled by Giugiaro.

-Paul

1993 VW Corrado VR6 for sale

I’ve strayed from the strong affinity I felt for the Corrado in the early days of my VW obsession. Not because they aren’t great; I’ve just been busy discovering older, weirder, and/or faster Germans to focus on. Yet there’s always something striking about this little bulldog of a Volkswagen, a car more aggressive than they seem to be interested in making these days. It pulls you back in with promises of affordable, ethereal driving magic. Maybe this one is the good one…

1993 Volkswagen Corrado VR6 for sale on Craigslist SF

You’re just gonna have to be careful on these and get it thoroughly checked out. That said, this one isn’t overly modified or beaten to hell. No cream puff, but that helps out the affordability factor, bringing this in at $4000 OBO. If you can handle a few visual imperfections and fixing the sunroof, I think you could make a good deal and have some fun miles beyond the 140k it’s covered so far.

-NR

B-e-a-utiful 1984 VW GTI

The MkI GTI in Mars Red is like rosso corsa Ferraris- sure, they look great in other colors (I could do white or black), but they just look right. Today’s low-mileage example has had the benefit of a recent respray and redone interior too. First-gen GTIs don’t get much better than this.

It won’t take much to make this baby perfect. I probably would have gone for the black/plaid interior if I had my druthers, but that’s negligible in the face of how nice the seller has made this car. Don’t know what his reserve his but he says he’ll take significantly less then $10k. With only 106k miles I’d say it could go as high as $7k, but getting into a Mk1 this clean for around $5k would be a great, and really fun, deal.

-NR

1990 Volkswagen Doka Syncro Tristar

A few months back we featured a few VW T3 Dokas here and here, and yet another one has cropped up for sale on The Samba, this one relatively cheaper than what we have seen lately:

1990 Volkswagen Syncro Tristar on The Samba

The seller states:

1990 Syncro Tristar 2.1 wbx

Yes, a 4 door, 4 wheel drive Volkswagen pickup truck, one of only 500 ever made. The Tristar is the top of the line in the doublecabs. It’s easy to make a Tristar more off road capable, but very difficult to turn a regular doublecab into a Tristar loaded with following options in addition to other Tristar standard options:

factory sunroof
factory anti lock brakes
factory fog lights
antenna in windshield
rear window defrost
power windows, locks, mirrors
aftermarket cruise
H4 headlights
headlight washers
power steering
factory tow hitch
sliding rear windows
factory rear bench seat belts for three
locking rear differential

Truck has dents, scratches, and other exterior blemishes. Repaint or not. Very little rust. Driveshaft is currently in place and vibration free. Titled and registered in California. Comes with spare vinyl rear bench, great for dogs or messy kids.

Price does not include the 16″ rims as shown. Truck will come with stock 14″ rims/tires to match stock 4:86 transmission. I have some 15″ Ronal rims which would look great on this truck and would still match standard gearing. Optional higher price of $17,900 will include a fresh rebuilt 5:43 drivetrain w/ rear locker , decoupler and front locker (three knob setup) 16″ rims w/ 225/75/16 tires as shown, coilover suspension. New 2.1 motor was installed in Germany, runs strong.

Rare opportunity to own a great driving practical collectable that turn heads ! This rare truck will hold it’s value over time. Offered for a bargain price because of the dents which can easily be pulled out. Almost no seam rust which is very common in doublecabs. Sorry, no trades, serious buyers only please.

While I’m not a truck person, these things have that similar basic appeal that draws me to the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen. Someone out there is sure to snap this Doka up at this price and it will more than likely soldier on for many years to come.

-Paul

Low, low mile 2004 VW R32 for sale

Until the new Golf R comes out, provided VW blesses us deprived ‘mericans with its presence, the 1st-gen R32 will be top on my list of modern VWs to have thanks to its healthy VR6, 6-speed, and awesome 4Motion all-wheel drive.  I don’t think I’m alone in this, as the much newer (and thus less used and abused) 2008 models are going for just a few thousand more on the market.  Today, I found a magically low-mile and clean 2004 in Black Magic, though I can never decide if, were I actually to make the purchasing jump, I would go for black or the Deep Blue.  Regardless, this 20k-mile example comes in black, so I’ll go with it.

I’ll preempt the haters and say that this generation of VWs has it’s faults.  It may require some maintenance.  There, I said it, so I can go back to drooling over thoughts of bombing up the mountains with nary a care in my AWD hot hatch.  This thing has gone just over 3k miles a year, in my eyes making it worth the $22,500 asking price provided everything checks out.  Their rarity will only become more important as time goes on, and I think we all, as German car lovers, owe VW a hearty thanks for having the cojones to put out a car like this while a lot of other volume-based companies went bland and beige.  I may have to wait a few more years until I get mine, but a low-mile one like this is what I’ll be looking for.

-NR

1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC with 55,000 original miles

The late ’80s and early ’90s produced some of the greatest hot hatchbacks of our time. Cars like the Honda CR-X, Acura Integra and Mazda MX-3 are lameted these days, due to the increase in size and weight of all vehicle segments. Taking the place of the Scirocco, the Volkswagen Corrado was a welcomed German addition to this once sizable segment. Unfortunately, many of these great machines have been torn up and modified over the years, or just plain neglected. Here we have a nice example of the later VR6 engined Corrado.

The seller states:

1993 VW Corrado SLC VR6, 5 speed, silver w black leather, only 55,979 original miles! Bilstein struts, new pads and drilled rotors, cold air intake, Neuspeed exhaust… otherwise, stock from the factory! Slight clear coat peeling on right side in a couple smaller areas.

As of writing this, there are no takers at the $7,500 starting bid. Others in similar condition that I’ve seen in the past year have been going in the $5,000 to $6,000 range, so this asking bid may be a bit optimistic in enthusiasts eyes. The only thing that would detract a buyer in my mind would be the non-standard exhaust pipe (looks a bit ridiculous sticking out that far) and the added audio equipment. Other than that, this is a chance to own an unmolested example of Wolfsburg’s (well, Karmann’s) finest.

-Paul

1986 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V with 47k miles

The VW Scirocco never quite took off as much as the GTI did on US shores, but here’s a clean ’86 example that seems as if it was well loved. This 16V version represents the end of the line for the VW sports hatch, as 1988 was the last year it was offered stateside.

The seller states:

Up for auction is a 1986 (1987 Production year) VW Scirocco with 46000 original miles. The car is very clean there is not a spot of rust anywhere on the body of the car. The interior is in excellent condition there is no tears or cracks in any of the seats. The tires, timing belt, plugs, cap and rotor,battery,and coolant are new. I bought the car from the original ower who bought it new. He had a issue with the engine at 45000 miles and the car was parked for a long time. At some point in time he let his kid armed with a shop manual try to fix it… When I bought the car the head was pulled off. The owner told me he thought there was something wrong with the head?? I didn’t want to deal with it so I bought a used motor with 68000 miles on it. Which is in the car now. The engine starts, idles, and runs like new. The original motor with 45000 miles on it is included in the auction. It’s the perfect scenario.. Build the engine of your dreams with the original motor and drive the car in the meantime! I installed a stereo system with a high end alpine head unit, alpine speakers and a boston acoustic sub. It sounds amazing! The only issues that I know of are The passenger power window, AC, and aftermarket cruise control don’t work. I’ve only put about 1000 miles on the car since I put the motor in. The car is quick and a blast to drive. It also gets great gas mileage. I love the car, but I’m buying a porsche 928 and I only have room in the garage for one toy so the rocco must go.
-Also in the pics the dark areas on the front seats are not stains its just the grain of the fabric.
-Car has never seen snow.. I won’t even drive it in the rain..
-Extra fuel lines, injectors, alternator, starter, and AC compressor come with original motor.

With no reserve on the auction, it should be interesting to see what a low mileage 16V is worth these days. Even with an engine replacement, this seems like a pretty honest and original example.

-Paul

2-Owner, Low-Mile 1974 Audi 100LS for sale

We come to this site, be it to read, write, or just ogle, because we share an affinity for something different.  That something different is German autos, unique in their attention to detail, unrivaled engineering, and strong (if restrained) styling themes.  Today we’ve got an important piece of German-car history that embodies these identifying elements, albeit one that I was heretofore unaware of.  Volkswagen bought Auto Union from Mercedes in 1965 with a main motivation being expanding production capacity for the Beetle.  Audi’s weak lineup led VW to place a moratorium on new model development, a command that was quickly disregarded by a top engineer.  He developed the Audi 100 on his own with VW only seeing it as a completed prototype.  It was good enough that they approved and released the 100 to significant commercial success.

This Audi 100LS has only had two owners over its 36 years and has covered just 50k miles.  It is thankfully not a garage queen, more a well-respected classic that’s not afraid to be used.  The look seems familiar at first but unique upon closer inspection, at first referencing recent Mercedes roots with the greenhouse and chrome trim followed by hints of Fiat in the tapered ends.  Engineering, design, and just the off-the-beaten-path nature differentiates it from more popular cars of the era and separates our tastes from the “standard” car guy or girl.

A testament:

This is a car that can be purchased and then driven with no issues. We drove it 5 hours to Waterfest some years ago, with no problems whatsoever and I would not hesitate to drive longer distances than that. Being an old car, there will always be things to tinker with if the owner chooses, but this is a turnkey, drive away toy- ready for cruising this summer. The mileage is accurate and I drove about a thousand miles each year.

The listing is worth reading if you’re interested in the car as it gives the impression that this has been a well-loved, well taken care of example of the first Audi under VW ownership.  It’s clean enough to show off yet not so perfect that it should be tucked away (no car should be, really), and sound enough to drive whenever you like.  The buy-it-now of $6,500 seems perfectly reasonable for someone out there like us who appreciates that which only German cars can provide.

-NR

1983 VW GTI Widebody for sale

Here’s a wee beasty, the likes of which you don’t see very often.  We all know the magic that surrounds the Mk1 GTI, but this has to be magic turned to 11.  A custom steel widebody kit has been grafted on, leaving it with the same classic silhouette but shifting it much lower and much wider.  This is no Heidi Montag though, as it comes with content to back up the extremely modified looks.

What the seller has to say:

My 1983 VW Rabbit GTI (Wide body) is up for sale.
This car was fully restored. Has steel wide body hand made. Fender flares are extended 3” each side. This car is in perfect condition runs great. I drive the car to work every day. The reason I am selling this car is because I have another toy. I have no room for this one in the garage. I will be honest with you I have autocrossed with this car and this car is amazing.
Engine: 16v
Auto tech cams
Valve Springs
Lifters
Titanium Retainers
New stock pistons
Crankshaft
Bearings
Transmission: Euro spec transmission with diesel 5th gear
Gears are heat treated
Peliquen LSD
Transmission is brand new has only about 2000 miles on it.
Brakes: Stock brakes on front
Rear 92′ Jetta GLI disk brakes
Exhaust: Techtonics full exhaust with race downpipe
Techtonics short shifter
Techtonics K bar
Techtonics ECU
Interior: 92′ Rabbit Cabrio dash with center console
Corbeau A4 seats
6 point roll cage
Spare tire area has been removed to make more room for fuel cell.
Momo F1 steering wheel
92′ Jetta GLI gauge cluster with working FMA
Exterior: Euro front end with badgeless grill
Euro tail lights
Rear wiper has been removed
Wheels: 15×8 Sport max one piece wheels
Suspension: Neuspeed race spring with Koni adjustable

That’s a pretty serious upgrade list.  Some power, some brakes, some suspension with a dash of style thrown in.  It sounds like it’s been well taken care of, but the generality with which the mileage and condition are described necessitates further investigation.  That said, it’s a Mk1 VW, so even if/when things go wrong, there should be an reasonable fix.  The seller’s testament of daily driving is a positive note.  I always love the no-bumpers look, and the widebody intrigues me and certainly makes a statement, though something about it strikes me as not perfect.  I think it might be the side sills and width of the front spoiler; I’d prefer the fender flares by themselves.  Overall though, this is a very impressive Mk1 and must be an intense amount of fun.

Bidding is hot, with 20 bidders pushing it around $3.5k currently, but the reserve is not yet met.  Considering clean Mk1s are pushing into the $4ks and $5ks, if this can stay under $7000 I think it would be a good price for a well put together, unique, and fast Mk1.

-NR

High Mileage 1991 VW Vanagon Carat Projektzwo

Well I decided to post that high mileage 500E so if I’m not going to shy away from vehicles like that then how about this 207,000 mile Vanagon that looks great. A 200k mile Vanagon is not that unusual nor is it something really exciting enough to be included on this blog, but this one is a little different. Being a California car has probably helped this one stay looking super clean on the outside, but even the interior does not look like it has seen 200,000 miles.

What really got this van listed here though is the custom work, the H&R lowering springs a 17″ 5 spoke rims, and the Projektzwo full body kit really set this one off from the crowd. It even has a short shift kit and Neuspeed exhaust installed. I think the big Hella driving lights compliment the look of the body kit as well. The kit, which the seller says he bought direct from Projektzwo in Germany probably cost the seller over $3000 to get finished all told.

The seller says the engine was rebuilt at 100,000, but that was 100,000 miles ago so even though the seller states it doesn’t leak oil and has good compression you may want to give the engine a good listen.

Pricewise the opening bid price is $11,000 with the reserve not met. So to put that in perspective with the previously mentioned 500E, this Vanagon, which is several years older, has similar high miles, but was obviously never considered to be in the super car category like the 500E is being valued by at least $3000 more. That certainly makes you think a bit. What do you think? I think the seller may get more bids if they didn’t spell projektzwo wrong in their ad three or four times. (As of this posting they spelled it “projektwzo”.

~Evan